15 Best Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

by Bhoomi Shah Updated on 15 Oct 2018

People who travel on vacation always get choice-paralysis on where to go and does that place come under the budget. Even if one picks the place, not being a local they can’t know what the popular places to visit in Wisconsin Dells and what places are worth their time. Wisconsin Dells is a great place to spend your summer vacation. Even if you are going alone or taking your family with you this is perfect because it has something for everyone. This place as a lot to offer, and will suit everyone. If you picked Wisconsin Dells to vacation this article will help you enjoy the time you spend here.

Let's explore the 15 best things to do in Wisconsin Dells:

1. Wilderness Resort

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Wisconsin is famous for it's indoor and outdoor water parks; this also attracts many families and people who are looking to take a cool dip. Rumour has it, once who you have stepped into this you will never leave this place. The kids will love this place as it has four water parks inside the resort. It is also home to one of the largest wave pools in America. It is also the largest water park resort in America. They also have provision to accommodate disabled people. There are also many water rides like Hurricane, Black Hole, Fantastic Voyage and the lazy river.

2. Noah’s Ark Waterpark

It is true that Wisconsin is a land of Water Park; this particular water park has more than 80 attractions for people from all walks of life.  They can do relaxing things to extreme things. They have many rides and events including many water slides, wave pools, golf, arcades, bumper boats, gift shops, restaurants to dine in. They also have duck tours; zip line tours, spas, Haunted Houses, Museums, a wildlife park, deer park and much more. They also offer food concessions and even the visitors can bring their own food in. This is famous among the locals.

3. Dell boat tours

This has been a popular tourist area since the eighteen hundreds. It has been a fishing hotspot and boating area. There is a both upper and a lower gorge that is separated by a dam. Many private boats are available for tours and others. The upper gorge area is more popular as it has towering cliffs and some beautiful pine trees that set good scenery. They also offer sunset dinner tours and brilliant views. Witches Gulch is a popular place in that area; it’s a perfect place to take your dog for a stroll. It is also perfect if you want to be one with nature.

4. Cave of Mounds

Located in Blue Mounds Wisconsin, this is the highest point in southern Wisconsin. This is place is perfect if you love caves and outdoor picnics etc. There is a separate place for picnics, walking and hiking trails in this area. There are rock gardens and gift shops if you want to pick up a souvenir. There are also many guides that are willing to give cave-tours etc. This place maintains a 50-degree temperature all year along. Hence it makes it cool in the summer and comfortable in the winter. This place is a popular spot for hiking and biking trails, as the visitors can wander and explore the area.

5. Bigfoot Zipline Tours

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This is available for a yearlong service and there are a total of 6 zip lines that are available with various features, some are over the water and some offer to land on the island. Only kids above the age of four participate in this. They can also race, as these zip lines can go up to the speed of 50 miles per hour. This offers a full view of the area as it 4300 feet above the ground. This also offers many views as you are zipping above treetops and lakes. This best experienced if you go in a group, it is also good in team-building experiences etc.

6. Big Sky Twin Drive-In

Wisconsin is all about celebrating the past. During the 1950’s the drive-in system was quite famous and to this day it makes everyone nostalgic. It is perfect for a family who wants to enjoy the evening watching a classic movie. This usually opens in the dusk and the shows lead till midnight. The movie-goes can change the radio frequency in their car to get the audio of the movie. There is also a takeout place and popcorn available in the theatre. This is perfect for all age groups. It also gives a break from the crowed theatres but also still give the experience of watching a movie.

7. Mt. Olympus Theme Park

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This is an amusement park in its own right. This is one of the prominent outdoor water parks in the area. But it is not just a theme park but much more than that. They offer a lot of this from go-karts, roller coasters and many water rides. They also have batting cages, arcades, and they also offer free Wi-Fi and pool towels. Many rides are inspired by Greece; they are named Coliseum and Parthenon. There are also many hotels, dining places and cafes nearby. They are the only theme park that offers both indoor and outdoor activities. 

8. Wisconsin Deer Park

This deer park is a sprawling 40-acre petting zoo that has been functioning for more than 50 years. It has been entertaining guests from all over the world who wants a chance to get close to a deer and feed them. There are many types of deer, horses and elks in the zoo. They also have many of the domestic and exotic deer. The park stays open from April through October. In the month of May and June, the fawns are born and one can see the males developing antlers in late July. This is perfect if you kids enjoy being around animals.

9. Knuckleheads

Are you tired of waking around in sun? Then is the perfect place for you. This is also perfect for a rainy day, and your kids will love it! There are a lot of indoor activities and rides. The best thing about this place is unlimited wristbands. You can go as many rides as you please. There is also an inside trampoline park, if you ever get tired of jumping around there is food court nearby. One must also buy specific socks for jumping around as their socks increase the grip. One can play dodgeball or dunk a baseball.

10. Kalahari Resort

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This is a part of the Kalahari Resort and Convention center which offers both indoor and outdoor activities. They are an African safari-themed park and it is the largest in Wisconsin. This is the only park that allows visitors to surf in the park. There is a water park named, the Zambezi that is open from Memorial Day till Labour Day. They also have a ferries wheel, mini-golf course and 24-lane bowling alley. This resort also provides hotel services which one can stay. It is also one of the famous hotel establishments. 

11. Red Ridge Ranch

Are you a fan of horses? If yes this is a place you must visit. This horse ranch is where many of the award-winning horses is raised. They also offer the visitors to trail in their trained horses. They are an hour long sessions that take the visitor through farmland, wooded hills, and you also get to ride along the banks of Lemon Weir River. They also conduct summer camps and annual events.

12. Tommy Bartle Water-ski Show

It is one of the best and finest water-ski shows that you can find in the state. It is usually a 90-minute show, with an intermission in the middle that consists of all skits and water stunts. It is popular among the kids and adults alike. It has over 150 interactive exhibits with music, robots, holograms etc.  These stunts and acrobats are bound to make your jaw drop. They also offer many skits and stunts off-shore.

13. H.H. Bennett Studio

This museum is one of the oldest photographic museums in the country. It is named after the founder, H.H. Bennett, he is a Canadian-born photographer, who invented the stop-action photography. They also give you a tour of his old photography lab and his old darkroom. The many of the interesting exhibits are from his personal collection. This was one of the main tourist attractions, as it drew many people from different parts of the country and world.

14. Lost Canyon tours

This is one of the longest and deepest canyons in Wisconsin. There are family-owned businesses who are giving tours for almost more than 50 years. This can also be an educational tour and give them a chance to take about history and geology.  There are many breath-taking views and stunning sunsets and majestic rock formations in this area.

15. Riverside and Great Northern Railway

Every wondered about the iron arteries of the nation and helps in transporting people and goods. The railways are one of the prominent ways of transportation in the olden days. This is a museum that is built to preserve locomotives and vintage cars. It was opened in the year 1990 and has been run by volunteers ever since. It is a popular spot for tourist to hang out.

Well, there you have it! The 15 must-visit places that one should not miss in their trip to Wisconsin. Other than the above-mentioned places Wisconsin is famous for many activities such as clubbing and shopping. There are also many fine dining experiences.

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Must see places in Wisconsin Dells ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Wisconsin Dells and point of interests to visit.

  1. # 1 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 388 times in trip plans
    Rick Wilcox Magic Theater

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance

    Address: 1670 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 01:00 pm - 09:30 pm Details

    A family friendly dinner show combining tricks of illusion with tricks of laughter, this flawless performance attraction is headed by Rick & Suzan Wilcox. They started in 1999, in the years since,...Read more

  2. # 2 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 391 times in trip plans
    Palace Theater In The Dells

    Tags: Entertainment, Theatre

    Address: 564 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    This new state-of-the-art dinner theatre delivers Broadway Musicals and Disney Classics in addition to producing a handful of its own shows. And at other times, to keep the schedule filled, they host ...Read more

  3. # 3 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 155 times in trip plans
    Tommy Bartlett Show

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance

    Address: 560 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA

    Timings: 04:30 pm - 10:00 pm Details

    So this is unique. This show doesn't take place inside an enclosed theatre. It takes place outdoors - on the waters of Lake Delton. At its heart, this is performance art - the best water athletes pull...Read more

  4. # 4 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 355 times in trip plans
    Timbavati Wildlife Park

    Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo, Rides

    Address: 2220 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    This zoo harbours over 400 animals from 70 different species. The animals are exotic to this place, but standard for zoos. That said, the layout and the staff and the intimacy of the zoo make it a gre...Read more

  5. # 5 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 374 times in trip plans
    Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

    Tags: Sport, Garden, Play Ground, Golf Course

    Address: 193 State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    This pretty mini-golf attraction has five 18 hole course for a total of 90 holes. Set in and around a lovely landscape of waterfalls, hills, bridges, sandstones and flower gardens, this is frequently ...Read more

  6. # 6 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 226 times in trip plans
    Knuckleheads Trampoline Park, Rides And Bowling

    Tags: Bowling Alley, Go Carting, Sport, Entertainment

    Address: 150 N Gasser Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Someone sat down, spent a while thinking about the most ridiculously easy and fun activities to do, and came up with this place. Play basketball on a trampoline court. Play dodgebal in a trampoline fi...Read more

  7. # 7 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 337 times in trip plans
    Witches Gulch

    Tags: Trail, Bridge, Adventure, Canyon

    Address: 3951 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Witches Gulch wisconsin dells is a 'slot canyon' located at Wisconsin River State Natural Area. A deep and narrow canyon formed when water rushes through rock at high flow. There's no slot canyon...Read more

  8. # 8 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 138 times in trip plans
    Dells Lumberjack Show

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance

    Address: 411 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 01:00 pm - 10:00 pm Details

    So, if you don't know yet, this town was founded on the economics of the lumber industry. This flawless shows parodies this history in 12 events - chopping, cross-cut sawing, speed climbing, logrollin...Read more

  9. # 9 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 327 times in trip plans
    Timber Falls Mini Golf Adventure Park

    Tags: Amusement Park, Entertainment, Picnic Spot, Rides

    Address: 1000 Stand Rock Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 09:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    So this is a cute attraction for the entire family! Mini-golf and mini-amusement park rides together seems like a good idea. They should make more of these. There are four golf courses of 18 holes of ...Read more

  10. # 10 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 142 times in trip plans
    Dells Scenic Riverwalk

    Tags: Walking Area, Leisure

    Address: 100 Block, Downtown Wisconsin DellsWisconsin Dells 53965

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Unlike most river walks, which tend to go on for miles, this one is barely a quarter mile in length. But it's perfect location, with lovely views of the waterfront and the breathtaking sight of the sa...Read more

  11. # 11 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 122 times in trip plans
    Big Chief Go Karts

    Tags: Outdoors, Go Carting, Rides

    Address: 1450 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Simplicity and affordability make this attraction a huge hit. There are single karts and double karts. There are multiple tracks. You may not want to spend TOO much time, especially in the middle of t...Read more

  12. # 12 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 126 times in trip plans
    Alligator Alley Adventures

    Tags: Zoo, Adventure

    Address: 1800 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Visit Alligator Alley Adventures for an adrenaline pumping experience! While the most thrilling experience at this alligator alley wisconsin zoo is definitely being at the gator tank at feeding t...Read more

  13. # 13 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 110 times in trip plans
    Laser Warfare

    Tags: Entertainment, Games

    Address: 1425-2 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    This is an intensely fun indoors laser tag arena. When they say fun for the whole family, they mean it. Even though the military replica guns used here (M16s) are quite heavy and recommended only for ...Read more

  14. # 14 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 112 times in trip plans
    Dells Mining Co.

    Tags: Mine, Tour

    Address: 427 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 09:30 am - 09:00 pm Details

    In a town filled with attractions that are basically clones of each other, it's nice to find something this unique. This is a 'mining' company and you are the 'miner'. You get to choose a bucket from ...Read more

  15. # 15 of 225 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells | Added 47 times in trip plans
    Dells Zombie Outbreak

    Tags: Entertainment, Games

    Address: 1010 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    Timings: 03:00 pm - 11:00 pm Details

    You are at a military zombie research facility. Obviously, as was begging to happen, there's been an outbreak. Choose your weapons package - paratrooper, ranger, seal, or infantry - and start clearing...Read more

Explore the best things to do in Wisconsin Dells. These are the most preferred tourist activities.

  • Wisconsin Deer Park

    2183 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Kilbourn Public Library

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Indian Agency House

    1490 Agency House Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Seth Peterson Cottage

    E9982 Fern Dell Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Portage Canal

    529 W Cook St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Durward's Glen

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Mirror Lake And Tamarack

    600 State Road 23

  • Newport Park & Beach

  • Fawn Lake 3WR1011 Dam

  • Jordan Lake

  • Deep Lake

    3259 County Highway G

  • Crooked Lake

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  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not

    105 Broadway

  • H.H. Bennett Studio

    215 Broadway

  • Wizard Quest

    105 Broadway

  • Parson's Indian Trading Post

    370 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

  • Museum of Historic Torture Devices

    740 Eddy St

  • Pinball Arcade Museum

    805 River Rd

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  • Mt Olympus Water & Theme Park

    1881 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Amusement Parks
  • Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

    560 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Amusement Parks Restaurants Landmarks
  • Top Secret

    527 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Amusement Parks Landmarks
  • Alligator Alley

    1800 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Amusement Parks
  • Haunted Mansion

    112 Broadway

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Noah's Ark Water Park

    1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Amusement Parks
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  • Sand Bar

    130 Washington Ave

    American Bars
  • Mulligan's

    S944 Christmas Mountain Rd

    American Bars
  • Pizza Pub

    1455 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Bars Pizza
  • Dynasty Chinese Restaurant & Lounge

    510 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy

    Chinese Seafood Bars
  • Edge Of The Dells Bar & Grill

    N555 US Highway 12 and 16

    Bars American Barbecue
  • Nig's Bar

    201 Broadway

    Bars Barbecue Seafood
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  • Ho-Chunk Casino

    Highway 12

    Casinos and Gaming Hotels and Motels
  • Ho Chunk Casino Hotel & Convention Centre

    US Highway 12

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Ho-Chunk Distribution Center

    S2172 Ishnala Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Baraboo Dog Park

    700 Hill St

    Dog Parks
  • Reedsburg Dog Park

    Dog Parks
  • Portage Dog Park

    Dog Parks
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  • Patrick's Lake

    2549 W 4th Ave

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  • Ableman's Gorge

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  • B & H Trout Farm & Bait Shop

    3640 State Highway 13

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Schleef's Bait Shop

    1141 E Hiawatha Dr

    Hunting and Fishing
  • River's Edge Bait Shop

    COUNTY Road a

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Woodlander Outdoors

    N616 Sierra Trl

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Rock N Logs

    3561 5th Ave

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Viking Express Convenience Stores & Video & Car Wash

    818 8th St

    Hunting and Fishing
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